Skilled and Technical Sciences
If you’re eager to be at the edge of 21st century technology
innovation and problem solving, you will find plenty to keep you
captivated in the this career cluster. In the Tumwater School District, we offer a variety of courses in this area, from anatomy to construction to engineering and robotics. Students in these classes learn the background knowledge and skills as a foundation for success in many high-demand fields.
2015 - 16 Course Offerings
AP Computer Science (THS only; Grades 10 - 12)
The curriculum of AP Computer Science in Java is based on the syllabus developed by the College Board. Topics include program design and implementation, algorithm analysis, standard data structures, and object-oriented programming design. AP Computer Science in Java emphasizes programming methodology with an emphasis on problem solving and algorithm development. It is intended to serve both as introductory courses for computer science majors, and for students who will major in disciplines that require significant involvement with computing.
Anatomy and Physiology (BHHS and THS; Grades 10 - 12)
This Human Anatomy and Physiology course introduces students to the structure and function of body systems using Anatomy in Clay Learning Systems. Table top skeletons are used in hands-on study using clay to form organs and muscles. “The mind cannot forget what the hands have learned.” First semester covers body organization, tissues, membranes, skin, skeletal and muscular systems. Second semester covers circulatory systems, digestive and urinary systems as well as the respiratory and nervous systems.
Architectural Drawing (BHHS and THS; Grades 10 - 12)
This course is designed to provide experience in planning and drawing a complete set of plans for a house. Upon completion of a set of plans, models may be built of your designs. Content covered includes lettering, architectural scales, sketching, and symbols; floor plan design, plot plans, schedules, elevations, and roof design; foundations, framing systems, design exercises, and blueprint reading. After completing above course requirements, students may spend an additional semester designing, drawing, and building models of their own architectural projects.
Civil Engineering and Architecture (BHHS only; Grades 10 - 12)
Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3D architecture design software.
Construction Trades (THS only; Grades 9 - 12)
This class will allow the students to explore aspects of construction trades (engineer, architect, carpentry…etc.) This class will broaden and enhance the students’ skills and use of tools, construction trades techniques and design based projects. Planning, designing, estimating costs and materials, constructing, and finishing the project plays an important role in this class. Students will be required to design, estimate, build and finish a selected project per instructor request and supervision. Students will be discussed and researched.
Introduction to Engineering Design (BHHS and THS; Grades 9 - 12)
Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.
Introduction to Robotics (BHHS and THS; Grades 11 - 12)
This is a year long, hands-on science course in which students will engage in a curriculum that exposes them basic concepts and functions of robots, while working in a team-setting. The course is taught through the use of Lego Mindstorms NXT kits and Lego NXT-G software. This “learning-through-application” style class will cover subjects including, but not limited to robotics technologies, math concepts, basic programming and the engineering process. The intention of this course is to make the fascinating concept of robotics accessible to students of all academic backgrounds and learning abilities. No experience with robots or programming is required to be successful in this class.
Physics of Flight (BHHS only; Grades 10 - 12)
Student outcomes include the design and test foam
airfoils in a wind tunnel, analyze airfoil polars, and design wings for two
different aircraft. They also carve and test propeller designs, design and test
fly their aircraft in a flight simulator, and construct two real airplanes. Throughout
the course, student need for engineering skills and practices is developed
through the student of air pressure, materials science, models and simulations,
and digital tools.
Technical Drawing (BHHS and THS; Grades 9 - 12)
Designed to help students learn to visualize and draw in three dimensions, develop and strengthen their technical abilities, think precisely, and understand the language of industries. Content will cover:
- Understanding basic drafting tools, freehand sketching, lettering, alphabet of lines, & shape description.
- Construction of objects in 2 views and 3 views.
- Geometrical construction and basic design concepts.
- Introduction to orthographic views and isometric drawings.
- Construction of pictorial views including isometric (3-D) drawings.
- Continued mastery of orthographic and isometric views.
- Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting (CAD).
- Construction of cut-outs or “section views” of simple objects.
- Construction of assembly and detail views of simple objects.
- Construction of simple auxiliary views and revolutions.
- Construction of simple working drawings and isometric models.
- Introduction to Architectural Drawing.
- Introduction to section view and auxiliary view drawings.
- Awareness of career opportunities available to drafting technology students.
Technical Theatre (THS only; Grades 9 - 12)
This course is designed to offer an introduction to theatre and acting. Theatre History, Elements of Production, Audition Techniques and Pantomime are some of the topics covered in this class. Students will develop the imagination through "Theatre Games," improvisation, pantomime, and characterizations. This is a performance class. All students can expect to be on stage almost daily while participating in a game, exercise, giving a presentation or performing a scene or monologue.